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Kentuckiana sends stallions to New Zealand

07:06 PM 07 Aug 2012 NZST
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If I Can Dream Muscle Mass
If I Can Dream - Earnings at the end of his 3 year old year of $1,983,769
Muscle Mass - Already the leading sire of 2 year old colts
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Barra Equine, in association with leading North American Standardbred stud, Kentuckiana Stallion Management, is excited to announce the arrival in New Zealand for the coming harness racing breeding season of two sensational sires Muscle Mass and If I Can Dream.

In looking to place stallions ‘down under', Kentuckiana Stallion Management ("Kentuckiana Australasia") was looking to make avaialble the best possible stallions for the NZ and Australian markets. For this reason, they selected Muscle Mass and If I Can Dream from their impressive roster to place in Canterbury, NZ this coming season.

Muscle Mass, stunning son of Muscles Yankee, out of Graceful Chip a daughter of Pine Chip.His first crop is off to an incredible start to their their racing career in the highly competitive Ontario Sire Stakes programme. He is already the leading sire of 2 year old colts in the programme, heading great sires like Kadabra and Angus Hall who also stand in the same jurisdiction, and is 3rd leading 2 yr old sire throughout North America.

His early success as sire is supported by his credentials as a racehorse and on pedigree. He was undefeated World Champion as a 2 year old in which he set a 1:53.4 mile rate to retire as super sire Muscle Yankee's fastest son. His full brother Muscle Massive won the 2010 Hambletonian, and now stands at stud at the famed Hanover Shoe Farm. Addtionally, Muscle Mass is a half brother to Thatsnotmyname the 2010 Merrie Annabelle Champion.

His pedigree will suit the local broodmare population, with daughters and granddaughters of the majority of our NZ broodmares producing significant genetic match ups with Muscle Mass.

This very exciting stallion prospect should excite the breeders as a huge boost and sign of support for the trotting breeders. A horse of this calibre whom is starting his siring career so sensationally will be available in NZ and Australia to a selected book mares.

Muscle Mass was a stunning $100,000 yearling and hails from one of harness racings most prolific families. A Muscles Yankee son of Graceful Touch, 2, 1:56.1 ($161,983), a brilliant stakes winning two-year-old herself and a daughter of the sensational ill-fated Valley Victory racemare and producer Act of Grace, 3, 1:52.3 ($403,525). Before her tragic death, Act of Grace produced stakes winning Cobol, 3, 1:54.1 ($411,457) and Graceful Touch in only two foals.

The royal breeding of Muscle Mass continues into his third dam Keystone Profile, 3, 1:55.1 ($158,064), a stakes winner and top producer -- Prolific Lady, 3, 1:56.2 ($373,925) and Cherished Victory, 3, 1:54.4 ($127,675); along with being the dam of several great producing daughters, such as Miss Marita, dam of Passionate Glide, 3, 1:52.2 ($2,063,097), Marita's Victory, 3, 1:54.0 ($666,731) and Mr Vic, 3, 1:54.2 ($318,942) - this being the immediate family of the great Green Speed, 3, 1:55.3 ($953,013) and stakes winner of 37 starts.

In addition to being one of the preeminent stakes winning families in harness racing, the maternal family of Muscle Mass is regarded as one of, if not, the top commercial families in the industry, having produced in excess of 10 $100,000 yearlings and 5 $250,000 yearlings including: Muscle Mass ($100,000) and his two full brothers Muscle Massive ($425,000 - '07: the Harrisburg sales topper) and Touchdown Town ($320,000 - ‘06), Cobol ($290,000), Graceful Touch ($285,000), Act of Grace ($125,000), Mr Vic ($110,000), Marita's Victory ($160,000) and Mr Cantab ($325,000). "

Muscle Mass is a spectacular individual that possessed extreme high speed through his long and highly efficient gait.

Muscle Mass was an extremely tough and determined competitor and he has shown that he has passed this through to his offspring," says trainer Erv Miller.

Muscle Mass bred to full books in each of his first four breeding seasons.

For the pacing breeders we are pleased to announce the beautiful bred Western Hanover son If I Can Dream P,2 1:50.4f, 3, 1:49.4f and total career earnings at the end of his 3 year old year of $1,983,769.

A son of the Artsplace mare Arterra, herself a daughter of the millionaire stakes winning mare Delinquent Account ($1,038,977),If I Can Dream is a full brother to Western Terror, sire of 2011 NZ Cup winner Terror To Love.

In his 2 year old racing campaign he earned $235,870 and set a World Record on a five-eighths mile track in winning the Matron Stakes in 1:50.4f. This speed on a tight track is testament to his gait and confirmation.

At 3, If I Can Dream earned $1,643,149 while winning 11 of 21 starts. He defeated Well Said in Breeders Crown, winner of Messenger, Confederation Cup, Art Rooney, Tattersalls and Cleveland Classic, elimination winner of NA Cup, Little Brown Jug, Cane and Adios and runner up in Little Brown Jug.

In his first two seasons at stud he bred full books of exceptional mares.

His highly anticipated first crop of yearlings will sell in the fall of 2012 and are sure to be a hit in the lucrative NYSS program."

IF I CAN DREAM is a spectacular individual and comes from a family rich in producing stallions. He is a great gaited horse and will be a perfect pacing stallion for the Southern Hemisphere. His offspring are stunning and we anticipate the same level of success as with Western Terror," says owner and farm manager Bob Brady.

Both Muscle Mass and If I Can Dream are priced to offer the best value possible for the breeders, with both stallions standing for $5000 + GST. Multiple mare discounts will be available, and service fees will be invoiced on positive test. In addition, an early incentive bonus will be available to limited bookings if paid by 31st August 2012.

These two stallions will stand alongside Attorney General, sire of Sterling William, a 1:55 performer from his first small crop.

Please contact Jonathan McNeill for further information, ,or 03 312 0448 or 029 201 3950

Muscle Mass - Red Mile Track Record



Wind Stroll by Muscle Mass after starting from the 9 hole 

First Elimination - Little Brown Jug 2009 - Tim Tetrick and If I Can Dream

Cleveland Classic, Northfield Park, If I Can Dream 

2009 Adios Elimination #1- If I Can Dream & George Brennan

2009 Confederation Cup Final - If I Can Dream- Jim Morill Jr. 1:52.1

2009 Cane Pace Elimination- If I Can Dream


2009 Breeders Crown 3yo Colt & Gelding Pace


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